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Haverhill man’s charity bike ride in five countries

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A Haverhill father of three will be taking on an 1100-kilometre sponsored cycle ride through five different countries for charity.

Stuart Bayne, 51, is participating in the challenge to raise funds for the Down’s Syndrome Association.

Stuart, who is Sales Manager at NGK Spark Plugs, will begin his challenge on Monday, July 13 and plans to arrive at NKG’s spark plug factory at Meung Sur Loire in southern France on Tuesday, July 22.

Along the way, he plans to visit NGK’s European headquarters at Ratingen near Dusseldorf, Germany.

Stuart’s route is designed to help mark the 40th anniversary of ignition specialist NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd.

He said: “I have always enjoyed keeping fit and in the past played football and enjoyed running but I fancied a new challenge and thought what better way to get motivated than to plan a charity cycle ride with all funds going to the Down’s Syndrome Association which I know from personal experience does a fantastic job.

“Once I decided to do it I thought it would be a good idea to link it into NGK’s 40th anniversary in the UK by visiting the two sites in France and Germany.

“Over the past few months I’ve gradually been building up the distances I have covered each day on my bike and now I am all set for the big day.”

Stuart is being supported in his quest by friend and customer, Stuart Larder, who will accompany him and drive the support vehicle.

NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd has already stepped in as main sponsor and a number of other NGK customers have also pledged funds.

Marko Wowczyna, Automotive Director, NGK Spark Plugs (UK) Ltd, said: “We are delighted to support Stuart in his marathon cycling trip for what is such a worthwhile charity.”

Down’s Syndrome is a genetic condition caused by the presence of an extra chromosome 21 in the body’s cells which occurs by chance.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Stuart on 07770 382377, or at stuart.bayne@ngk.co.uk A just giving website has also been set up and can be found at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/cycle321

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